01 Sep '17, 1am

In 12 days, the Iraqis cleared the town and its outlying areas of militants.

In 12 days, the Iraqis cleared the town and its outlying areas of militants.

IRBIL, Iraq — Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition in Iraq and Syria, on Thursday congratulated Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Iraqi Security Forces on their “swift and decisive victory in Tal Afar,” as ISIS continues losing ground in the country. U.S.-backed Iraqi forces made swift work of the town in northern Nineveh province, about 50 miles west of Mosul. In 12 days, the Iraqis cleared the town and its outlying areas of militants, liberating one of the last remaining ISIS strongholds in Iraq. “Tal Afar has been liberated,” Abadi said in a statement. “We say to the Islamic State fighters: Wherever you are, we are coming for you and you have no choice but to surrender or die.” The offensive on Tal Afar began on Aug. 20, with Iraqi forces advancing on five axes toward the center of the town, where an estimated 2,000 mili...

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